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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 55mm f 1.2 Nikkor. Where does it fit?


I've been looking at the collection of a man who passed some time ago to help the family decide how best to deal with it. Some of the items are fairly exotic, like the pair of f .95s for Canon RF cameras I noted on the Canon site.

At the moment, I'm looking at a 55rmm f 1.2 Nikkor. I can find the 58mm version, which is very pricey, and the 50mm version which is merely expensive. What gives with the 55? Is it an orphan stepchild? It is AI, but not AIS FWIW....

Anyone out there actually use one of these beasts?



Jan 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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Hello, I did a write up some time ago on my sample of the 55/1.2 AI'd -
http://tonycorrea.com/blog/2011/05/nikon-55f12-review/

The lens was made from mid-60's through the late '70s. Originally an Non-AI lens, later models were available in native AI mount. Replaced by the 50mm f/1.2 AI in 1978.



Jan 05, 2013 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 55mm f 1.2 Nikkor. Where does it fit?


Nice article; very useful. Love the vignetting, presumably at or near 1.2.....


Jan 05, 2013 at 06:31 PM
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papageno wrote:
Nice article; very useful. Love the vignetting, presumably at or near 1.2.....


Yes, lots of natural vignetting wide open, no Photoshop needed.
Thanks.



Jan 05, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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I have one, the S.C version, factory AI converted. My fave '50'.

I bought mine from a lady in Ottawa for $300, but depending on condition, I'd say up to $400 would be possible.

Dylan



Jan 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 55mm f 1.2 Nikkor. Where does it fit?


Among the 1.2 Nikon lenses, the Noct 58mm is the best, the 50mm is very good and the 55mm is just an ok lens. It is still a decent "50mm" lens and a collector's item.

Guy



Jan 05, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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gugs wrote:
Among the 1.2 Nikon lenses, the Noct 58mm is the best, the 50mm is very good and the 55mm is just an ok lens. It is still a decent "50mm" lens and a collector's item.

Guy


Just an OK lens? That's rich!

IMO, I like its output better than the 50/1.2.



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DTOB wrote:
Just an OK lens? That's rich!

IMO, I like its output better than the 50/1.2.


Yes, I've noticed from other folks' images that the 55/1.2 seems to have a different look than my 50/1.2 and have played with the notion of grabbing one to shoot them side-by-side.
Both lenses have a very unique look to them wide open.

Usually you buy these f/1.2's to shoot them at f/1.2. If I want clinical sharpness and flare/coma control I use my excellent 50/1.8G.

John



Jan 05, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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Have yet to put it on the camera, but as a daily start-with lens it seems fairly bad. Strikes me as about as useable as a fisheye, although not for the same reasons.

make a great paperweight,,,if you need a paperweight in this day and age.....



Jan 06, 2013 at 04:38 AM
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papageno wrote:
Have yet to put it on the camera, but as a daily start-with lens it seems fairly bad. Strikes me as about as useable as a fisheye, although not for the same reasons.

make a great paperweight,,,if you need a paperweight in this day and age.....



Not a practical day-to-day normal lens, but creatively useful for it's unique character wide open. On a DX body makes a good portrait lens for those dreamy in-camera look at f/1.2.



Jan 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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papageno wrote:
Have yet to put it on the camera........Strikes me as about as useable as a fisheye, although not for the same reasons.

make a great paperweight,,,if you need a paperweight in this day and age.....


If you have yet to put it on camera, what reasons could you possibly have?




Jan 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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papageno wrote:
Have yet to put it on the camera, but as a daily start-with lens it seems fairly bad. Strikes me as about as useable as a fisheye, although not for the same reasons.

make a great paperweight,,,if you need a paperweight in this day and age.....


I'll give you 50 bucks for it right now.



Jan 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 55mm f 1.2 Nikkor. Where does it fit?


I've been wanting a factory Ai'd K version. If I can find a reasonable price on one, I'll pick it up.


Jan 07, 2013 at 07:06 AM





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